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The Internet and other digital sources of information are widely used tools for research and other information needs. In recent years, many indexing and abstracting services have provided their content in electronic format. Instead of using a print index, you can now search this material from your computer. The advantages of electronic searching include greater flexibility, more up-to-date material, and, in some cases, access to the actual articles or materials, rather than just a citation.

The purpose of this website is to make people aware about the electronic databases, and to provide them a place where they can get websites for their daily use including learning Internet, improving typing speed, reading newspapers, and educational games for the kids. This website also designed to do a survey on “Electronic Databases and Their Impact on the Library Services with Special Reference to Canada”, that will help the people in finding the information in an easy way and to effectively interact with today’s rapidly emerging computerized retrieval resources. This study will also help the librarians in choosing and evaluating databases.

What is an Electronic Database?

An electronic database is a collection of data arranged in a systematic way to make the search easy and fast. In other words it is a computer-based collection or listing of information, usually organized with searchable elements or fields. The most common type of library database consists of records describing articles in journals or newspapers. Retrieval from this information store is basically accomplished through a matching process. The process of matching customer’s query against information in databases is the essence of computerized information retrieval.

Why use electronic databases?

Electronic Databases are the major sources of information. Increasingly, information is being published only in electronic formats. There is coverage in virtually all areas of knowledge: science, engineering, mathematics, medicine, agriculture, psychology, sociology, philosophy, law, business, economics, education and more. A single database may refer to a variety of sources, including periodical articles, books, government documents, industry reports, papers at meetings, newspaper items, films, video recordings etc.

With a terminal with Internet connection you can be seconds away from receiving valuable information on any imaginable topic. These rich and voluminous databases are stored in by the information companies or agencies known as retrieval services. Once you are connected to them, much of the world’s knowledge literally will be at your fingertips.

As an information source a database may be shared by thousands of users simultaneously, and it is available whenever the retrieval service is in operation. There is no limit to the number of times a database can be searched or the number of times an item can be displayed. Unlike a library book, databases do not deteriorate physically, nor can they be misplaced, stolen, or vandalized.

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